Broadband is making its way back onto CIO priority lists, and the reason why lies in the cloud.
Mike Hussey has a broadband problem. At the NASCIO Midyear conference last week in Virginia, the Utah state CIO told Government Technology that broadband ranks near the top of his priority list. Like many of his counterparts, cloud storage — in Utah's case, with Amazon Web Services — is helping the state deal with the unprecedented volume of body-cam video footage gathered by law enforcement officers as they do their jobs around the state. It simply doesn't make financial sense to store it on premise.
But turning to the cloud comes with its own challenges. At the Beyond the Beltway conference earlier this year, Hussey captured the extent of the issue in rural Utah communities, explaining that it took a state trooper a full day to upload the video he captured on one shift.
Here, Hussey talks about one strategy Utah is pursuing to beef up its broadband network.